Navigation Links
Geography May Influence Colon Cancer Screening Rates
Date:1/10/2011

MONDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Race and ethnicity play major roles in whether people get screened for colon cancer in the United States, with minorities much less likely to undergo colonoscopies than white people. Now, a new study says another factor is at play: where people live.

Research by oncologist Dr. Thomas Semrad and colleagues at the University of California at Davis Cancer Center found that location makes a big difference in rates of colorectal screening for non-whites, although the same isn't true for whites.

The study authors analyzed data regarding 53,990 people on Medicare who were aged 69 to 79. They were from 11 regions of the United States.

In all locations except Hawaii, whites were more likely than non-whites to be up-to-date on colorectal screening, meaning that they had had a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy within the prior five years or a fecal occult blood test within the past year.

In Hawaii, Asian-Pacific Islanders had the highest screening rates: More than half of them had been screened recently compared to just 38 percent of whites.

"This is a stunning finding," said Semrad in a university news release. "Screening rates among Asians in Hawaii were the highest of any group in any cancer registry area, including whites."

Semrad pointed out that gastrointestinal cancers are common among Japanese people, a fact that may boost awareness of the importance of screening in Hawaii, where Japanese culture is influential.

As for other minorities elsewhere in the United States, Semrad suspects that many of them may get medical care in practices that don't provide colorectal cancer screening. They may also have less access to primary and specialized care.

"The next step is to look at different geographic areas to see what are the determinants for minorities in terms of getting screened," Semrad said. "Are these culturally based? Are there problems with how health-care systems are set up? What are the barriers? If we can figure this out, we would have a target to improve some of these disparities."

The study is published in the Jan. 10 online edition of the journal Cancer.

When analyzing the data, the researchers adjusted their figures to take into account for other factors that could affect regional screening differences, according to the news release.

More information

For more about colorectal cancer, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of California at Davis Health System, news release, Jan. 10, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. For non-whites, geography plays key role in colon cancer screening
2. Type of Formula May Influence Infant Weight Gain
3. Grades in High School Might Influence Adult Health
4. Parents influence on childrens eating habits is limited
5. Genes Influence Vitamin D Levels, But Only in Winter: Study
6. Our normal genetics may influence cancer growth, too
7. Race may influence uterine cancer recurrence, despite treatment
8. OCTANE study influences revision of WHO guidelines for treating some HIV-infected women
9. Location determines social network influence, CCNY-led team finds
10. Presidential election outcomes directly influence suicide rates
11. Rhetoric, framing efforts have little influence in same-sex marriage debate
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Geography May Influence Colon Cancer Screening Rates 
(Date:10/13/2017)... LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care ... is the 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate ... people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit ... from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer ... one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. ... descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader ... been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of ... Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his ... veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... Fla. , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens ... company formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime ... its new brand, which included the unveiling of new ... , as well as at a few other ... the new brand to patients, some of whom will ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... -- Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early Signal Foundation announce ... home sensors for real-time monitoring of patients with trauma-related ... organization focused on disruptive health solutions for rare disorders ... to record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, physiological and contextual ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... R.I. , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, ... assessment, vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced the ... on the development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. ... has provided exclusive access to enabling technologies to ... Eng., MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: